Firefighter Career Information


Santa Clara County Fire Department offers presentations on career firefighting as well as other fire service professions. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact the Community Education Office at 408-378-4010 or via email.

For career opportunities with Santa Clara County Fire Department, click on the Current Openings page.

Firefighter Candidates and Recruitment

Santa Clara County Fire Department holds recruitments as needed for entry-level Firefighters. Review the Firefighter job specification here.



Santa Clara County Fire Department has partnered with Cal-JAC/Firefighter Candidate Testing Center (FCTC) for the administration of the entry-level firefighter written examination, and utilizes the Statewide Eligibility List (SEL) for Firefighter recruitment processes.

In order to be placed on the SEL list and be considered for any future Firefighter recruitment, an applicant must meet the following FCTC SEL minimum requirements:

  • Register and complete your profile on the FCTC website;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Possess a valid driver’s license;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Possess a valid Cal-JAC CPAT Card; and
  • Receive a passing score on the FCTC Written Test (written test score expires 12 months from date taken).

Fees are required to take the FCTC written exam and the Cal-JAC CPAT test. Applicants requiring financial assistance may qualify for grants through the California Fire Foundation. Please go to for additional information.

To sign up for a future written examination or to register for the CPAT test, set up or log in to your FCTC Account here.

For a full description of the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s Firefighter Candidate testing and recruitment process, please click here.



To view a document that may serve as a road map to assist anyone preparing for a career in the fire service, click here.



The Santa Clara County Fire Department Emergency Response Volunteer program provides training and practical experience to those interested in pursuing firefighting as a profession. Through regular training, ride-a-longs and participation in organized public education activities, the volunteer will experience a glimpse of what firefighters do on a daily basis.

For more information on the program, click here.